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Iceland - Mar 2015

After a hiatus on this site for almost 2 years I started uploading new images again. No, I didn't stop shooting; actually I have been shooting more but simply got distracted from keeping the galleries on this site up. Oh, well.

In March, we went back to Iceland in an attempt to capture the end of the winter there. March is reported to be the best month of the year to see the Aurora borealis and to capture more winter sceneries of Iceland. In terms of the Northern Lights we got lucky; the color of the light display on 17 March was incredible. The winter appearance of the waterfalls was not as strong as we expected but yes, they looked different than what we saw in October, at least most of them.

Traveling in Iceland in the winter carried some disadvantages. We spent the first two days in Reykjavik, pretty much hunkering down in the hotel due to a strong storm system with blizzard, impacting much of Iceland. We changed the plan of circling Iceland somewhat; we kept on going to the northern part but we skipped the SnŠfellsnes Peninsula. The rest of the itinerary remained the same. We experienced some bad weather but we also came across some great sunrise/sunset. Something that we didn't know when we made the plan was that there was a solar eclipse in Iceland on 21 March. We just witnessed that phenomenon but didn't actually take pictures of the eclipse.

Like during our previous trip to Iceland, we relied on the Icelandic Meteorological Institute website to monitor the aurora forecast and cloud cover. When they predicted a strong intensity of aurora activities on 17 March, we happened to be in an area showing a very thick cloud cover. We ended up driving for almost 2 hours, partly through a snow storm, to get away from the influence of the weather system's low. We were richly rewarded and it was absolutely well worth the effort. We got back to our lodging place after 4AM the following morning.

Photographic tidbits:
The images of the entire gallery were captured using mirrorless cameras with 3 interchangeable lenses. A week before I left for this trip, I received my copy of the newly available Canon 11-24mmL lens and it ended up being used for approximately half of this gallery. What a lens it turned out to be! But I didn't fully realize that until I reviewed the images more carefully at home on the large monitor. The time displayed on the exif data is Pacific Day Time. The sequence of the images on this gallery is largely chronological and under the motto of "less is more", I limit the number of images in this gallery to only 60.

Thank you for dropping by. If you feel like it, images from my previous trip to Iceland can be viewed here:
https://pbase.com/ageojo/iceland_2013

Gullfoss - Golden Waterfall
Gullfoss - Golden Waterfall
Gullfoss 2
Gullfoss 2
Cuddly Icelandic horses
Cuddly Icelandic horses
Blue house
Blue house
Go­afoss - Waterfall of the gods
Go­afoss - Waterfall of the gods
Showing the height of the waterfall
Showing the height of the waterfall
Small, side part of Go­afoss
Small, side part of Go­afoss
Partly frozen upper part
Partly frozen upper part
Daredevils
Daredevils
Raging river near Myrvatn
Raging river near Myrvatn
Icicles on Grass
Icicles on Grass
Frozen river's edge
Frozen river's edge
Behind the scene of capturing the image below
Behind the scene of capturing the image below
Wind still, a phenomenon seldom seen in Iceland
Wind still, a phenomenon seldom seen in Iceland
Aurora borealis
Aurora borealis
Aurora borealis and trail of  car light
Aurora borealis and trail of car light
Colorful aurora borealis
Colorful aurora borealis
Colorful aurora borealis 2
Colorful aurora borealis 2
Aurora borealis and the city light of Akureyri
Aurora borealis and the city light of Akureyri
Looks like an angel (or was it a butterfly?), spreading the wings!
Looks like an angel (or was it a butterfly?), spreading the wings!
Small blocks of glacier
Small blocks of glacier
Wave and wind action working on the glacier pieces
Wave and wind action working on the glacier pieces
More destructive wave and wind action
More destructive wave and wind action
Smaller pieces of formerly glacial ice blocks
Smaller pieces of formerly glacial ice blocks
Getting smaller...
Getting smaller...
Buffeted by waves and Wind
Buffeted by waves and Wind
Like a lump of gold
Like a lump of "gold"
Against the rising sun
Against the rising sun
Translucent ice/glacier block
Translucent ice/glacier block
Against the glaring sun
Against the glaring sun
A sizable block of glacier showing pattern
A sizable block of glacier showing pattern
Detail of pattern of a glacier block
Detail of pattern of a glacier block
Sculpted ice, looking like a rhino
Sculpted ice, looking like a rhino
Close-up of ice piece
Close-up of ice piece
Super clear water at the lagoon
Super clear water at the lagoon
Chaotic stack of ice blocks/plates
Chaotic stack of ice blocks/plates
Short burst of yellowish sun
Short burst of yellowish sun
Inside ice cave of Vatnaj÷kull glacier
Inside ice cave of Vatnaj÷kull glacier
The ceiling of ice cave - Vatnaj÷kull glacier
The ceiling of ice cave - Vatnaj÷kull glacier
Inside ice cave of Vatnaj÷kull glacier
Inside ice cave of Vatnaj÷kull glacier
At the entrance of ice cave of Vatnaj÷kull glacier
At the "entrance" of ice cave of Vatnaj÷kull glacier
At the entrance of ice cave - Vatnaj÷kull glacier
At the "entrance" of ice cave - Vatnaj÷kull glacier
The Wave
The "Wave"
Remains of a seagull
Remains of a seagull
Reynisdrangar
Reynisdrangar
Reynisdranger 2
Reynisdranger 2
Reynisdrangar 3
Reynisdrangar 3
Alcove of basaltic rocks
Alcove of basaltic rocks
Two stacks of basaltic rocks, sticking out of the ocean
Two stacks of basaltic rocks, sticking out of the ocean
Arch out of basaltic rocks carved by waves
Arch out of basaltic rocks carved by waves
Witch's Brew
"Witch's Brew"
Bulging blue water of the Strokkur
Bulging blue water of the "Strokkur"
Half dome of blue water
Half dome of blue water
Beginning of eruption
Beginning of eruption
Beginning of eruption
Beginning of eruption
Middle stage of eruption
Middle stage of eruption
Full eruption at sunrise
Full eruption at sunrise
Seljanlandfoss at sunset
Seljanlandfoss at sunset
Seljanlandfoss at sunset
Seljanlandfoss at sunset
Inside HallgrÝmskirkja
Inside HallgrÝmskirkja